concussion funnies

concussion cartoon 1

Cartoonist Lang Armstrong was a Canadian, born in Edmonton, Alberta, in 1906, before he made the move with his family to Spokane, Washington in 1922. That’s where he started, in high school, drawing cartoons. His first jobs at the Spokane Daily Chronicle were office boy and night switchboard operator, but he eventually made it back to the drawing board. One of his regular contributions as staff artist was the “Stuff And Things” cartoon in the sports pages. In 1939 the Bell Syndicate picked that up, casting it into more than 200 newspapers in Canada and the U.S. as “The Sporting Thing.” Hockey was a subject he returned to because, well, funny. Playing through concussions, for example: what could be droller? These two exemplars date to 1942.